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- Make health insurance affordable for every American.
- Place patients and physicians at the center of American healthcare.
- Reduce the cost of healthcare without restricting access to care.
- Restore the patient / physician relationship.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) fundamentally altered what it means to be a physician. But more importantly, it fundamentally changed what it means to be a patient.
In a paper published on January 31, 2009, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the principle architects of Obamacare, wrote a paper addressing the question of who should receive a medical procedure in an age of scarce resources. His answer: the Complete Lives System.[i]
Note Dr. Emanuel gives priority to patients who produce for society. The young and the old are “less deserving” than those of working age.
But how does the Obamacare enforce this?
For example: Section 3007 of the Affordable Care Act gives the Secretary of HHS the extraordinary power to review a physician’s medical decision-making. In fact, it gives the Secretary power to financially punish physicians who do not comply with the “cost effectiveness” standards set by the Secretary.
Government compassion sounds so noble. But, in the end, whoever pays holds the power to choose.
In addition to millions of Americans losing their health insurance, the most profound risk for patients under the Affordable Care Act is that this legislation divides physician loyalties. The Secretary of HHS now holds the power to compel physicians to place the financial welfare of the State ahead of the physical and emotional wellbeing of their patients.
Patients must come along side Physicians for Reform if America to reverse course, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and then rebuild the American healthcare system with patient-centered, fiscally responsible reforms.
In many respects, the future of American healthcare lies in the hands of patients. Most politicians do not care about physicians. Many politicians do not really care about healthcare policy. However, every politician cares about voters. And patients vote.